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Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie netted a brace to inflict a 5-1 defeat on defending champions Spain.Getty Images

Australia take on Netherlands in their second Group B match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Underdogs Australia come into this fixture after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Chile in their first match of the World Cup on Friday. Former Everton striker Tim Cahill was the only scorer for Ange Postecoglou's side as Alexis Sanchez, Jorge Vladivia and Jean Beausejour wrapped up all three points for the South American outfit.

The Socceroos' chances of making it through to the knockout stage will end if they fail to take points from their second game.

Louis van Gaal's side began their campaign on a high after showcasing a spectacular performance against favourites Spain; handing the defending champions a 5-1 defeat at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, on Friday.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso opened the scoring for La Furia Roja from the penalty spot after Diego Costa was adjudged to have been fouled by Stefan de Vrij. The Dutch responded strongly with Robin van Persie equalising, meeting Daley Blind's cross with his head to loop the ball over the rooted Iker Casillas, minutes before the half-time whistle.

The second half was nothing short of a nightmare for Spain as Arjen Robben netted a brace on either side of De Vrij's header. Van Persie then took advantage of Casillas' poor touch from a backpass to net his second of the night.

Netherlands will be keen to seal their place in the next stage by sealing all three points over Australia, hoping that Chile and Spain battle for the second available place in the knockout stage.

What Managers Say

Tim Cahill
Former Everton star Tim Cahill was the only scorer for Australia as they fell 3-1 to Chile.Getty Images

Ange Postecoglou (Australia): "It was a surprising result [Netherlands' 5-1 win over Spain], with two very good sides. The first half was very evenly balanced. Spain could have been 2-0 up, van Persie scores an unbelievable goal and they ran away with it. But our players are looking forward to it, we want to measure ourselves against the best. If they win against us, they're through. They'll be very determined to do that, but with that comes some pressure as well. Who knows, maybe we'll be able to upset all the logic and all the odds."

Louis van Gaal (Netherlands): "I do not expect Australia to have a defensive game. In fact, I expect Australia to play an offensive game. Tim Cahill is one of the main qualities of the Australian team, so I do think they will be playing much more offensively than anyone in this room thinks. I think their coach [Postecoglou] is a very good coach."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L D L W
  • Last Result: Chile 3-1 Australia


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D L
  • Last Result: Spain 1-5 Netherlands

Team News


  • Injured: Ivan Franjic (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Ryan; MacGowan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Davidson; Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano; Cahill, Leckie, Oar


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi; Kuyt, De Guzman, Sneijder, Blind; Van Persie, Robben